Detoxification, or “detox,” helps you “get off” of the substances you are addicted to in a safe environment. Substances include all drugs and alcohol. First, a medical professional does an evaluation to make sure detox is right for you.
What happens in detox?
A team of medical professionals check your withdrawal symptoms regularly. They figure out what medicines and other medical treatments you might need to help you safely detox off the substances you were using. The treatment team also makes sure to address any other physical health or mental health concerns you might have.
During detox treatment, you can also get counseling – both in a group setting and one on one with a counselor. You learn more about addiction and about other things you can do instead of turning to drugs or alcohol. Your treatment team will help you identify people in your life who might help you reach your goals and offer you support when you need it.
Life After Detox
Your treatment team will also help you prepare for your life once you leave the detox facility. The team will talk to you about:
What will be a priority in your life during recovery.
Things in your life that could put you at risk for a relapse.
The team will help you make a discharge plan. The discharge plan includes other treatment options you might want to try, supports you have in place, concerns you may have once you leave the program, and a plan for potential relapse.
The most common step after detox is to get additional treatment in a residential setting where you can get more counseling, education, and support related to your addiction.